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The Impact of OER

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Special Thanks

With special thanks to Carol Laman for her handout on OER and free resources for the HCC Instructional Materials Committee (several of her entries are reproduced in this guide) and also for her early adoption and promotion of OER and open courseware at HCC.

Many thanks also to Lorah Gough, my CTLE teaching partner and fellow former CCCOER board member representing HCC.  Her tireless promotion of OER as a worthy strategic planning goal and as primary resources for the HCC model courses help to keep moving us forward.

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What are OER?

"Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation." (UNESCO).

"OER are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge." (Hewlett Foundation)

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